Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane says Pat Lam has instilled a culture of belief which has real effect on the province
"When I started as CEO, it was very clear the impact Pat has had on the squad of players, and also the organisation. Pat came in and immediately picked up where Eric [Elwood] left, building on the good work that had been done. He has instilled a real culture of belief amongst the senior team and that has had a big effect on the rest of the organisation as well.
"As a coach he has added real value to our professional rugby set up. He shows massive faith in our young players emerging from the Academy and is constantly striving to improve these young men so that they can go on to achieve their own goals of playing at the top level for both Connacht and Ireland.
“He has also been instrumental in attracting major overseas players here and with players committing their futures to the club it just reaffirms their commitment and belief in what we are doing here."